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Rural Jews
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While Jews are regarded as the city-dwellers par excellence, a considerable percentage of the Jewish population lived in the countryside during the modern age. In fact, the majority of Jews of the Holy Roman Empire between the 16th and the 19th century were country-dwellers. In the German language area in particular, rural Jews were a widespread phenomenon and were distinct from the Jews living in estate districts in Eastern Europe.

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Richarz, Monika, “Rural Jews”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0439>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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